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A Story From Pullmantown. Illustrated with Sketches by Capel Rowley
Chicago: Charles H. Kerr, 1894. First Edition. Scarce radical novel drawing on the contemporary events of the Great Pullman Strike of 1894, set in the fictional "Pullmantown," clearly modeled on the Southside Chicago company-planned community of Pullman. BLAKE (The Strike in the American Novel, Metuchen: 1972) p.220: "...a puerile story...
[Item #25936]
Price: $450.00
 
A Story From Pullmantown. Illustrated with Sketches by Capel Rowley. Nico BECH-MEYER.
2.

The Hard Rock Man
New York: Moffat, Yard and Company, 1910. First Edition. Octavo (19.5cm.); original black pictorial cloth stamped in green and brown; [6],224pp. Cloth and textblock a bit soiled, general shelf-wear, rear hinge cracked but holding; contemporary ownership inscription to front free endpaper. About Very Good overall. Novel set amongst a tunnel...
[Item #28759]
Price: $50.00
 
The Hard Rock Man. Frederick R. BECHDOLT.
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The Great Strike on the "Q", with A History of the Organization and Growth of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen, and Switchmen's Mutual Aid Association of North America
Chicago: Elliott & Beezley, 1889. First Edition. Labor's side of the momentous joint strike of firemen and engineers on the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad. Eugene Debs, who was among the strike's supporters, would later cite its failure as an example of the ineffectiveness of craft unions, an argument which...
[Item #10401]
Price: $40.00
 
The Great Strike on the "Q", with A History of the Organization and Growth of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen, and Switchmen's Mutual Aid Association of North America. BROTHERHOOD OF LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEERS, John A. HALL.
4.

Real-Photo Postcard Depicting Seven members of the B of L. F. & E.
N.p. n.d., 1909. Original albumen photographic postcard (13.75x8.5cm.); contemporaneously postally used else Near Fine. Studio group portrait of seven young men, two sporting roses in the bands of their hats, one of the men seated in front with a bouquet of roses sticking out of his boot. The message on...
[Item #30313]
Price: $75.00
 
Real-Photo Postcard Depicting Seven members of the B of L. F. & E. BROTHERHOOD OF LOCOMOTIVE FIREMEN & ENGINEMEN.
5.

The Railroad Trainman: Official Publication of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen [...] Volume XXXI, 1914
Cleveland: Britton Printing Company, 1914. First Edition. Complete run for the year 1914 of a monthly published by the Brotherhood. Articles include Arthur Brisbane's "Female Labor and Minimum Wage"; Knud Benson's "The Panama Railroad"; R.H. Newcomb's "American Railroad Company, Porto Rico"; and countless articles on safety and child labor. Poetry...
[Item #24899]
Price: $200.00
 
The Railroad Trainman: Official Publication of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen [...] Volume XXXI, 1914. BROTHERHOOD OF RAILROAD TRAINMEN, ed D L. Cease.
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History of a Ring [cover title]
Portland, ME: Berry Printer, 1877. First Edition. Octavo (23cm.); original pictorial stitched self-wrappers; 13pp. Wrappers rather brittle with a few tiny shallow losses, else Very Goood. Satirical fable regarding the railroad industry. WILLIAMSON (Maine) I 835.
[Item #27256]
Price: $50.00
 
History of a Ring [cover title]. "BY ONE OF THE GOVERNOR'S WARDS"
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Cincuentenario de "La Fraternidad" : sociedad de personal ferroviario de locomotoras (sociedad civil) adherida a la Federación Internacional de los Obreros del Transporte, Federación Sindical Internacional y Confederación General del Trabajo de la República Argentina : fundación, desarrollo, obra, 1887-20 de junio 1937
Buenos Aires: Casa Social Victoria 1928-38, 1937. First Edition. Octavo. Red cloth boards, lettered in gilt on spine; 575pp. Text paper browned but not fragile; still a clean, tight VG copy, remarkably well-preserved given the cheap components of manufacture. Jubilee Anniversary volume for the Argentinian Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen. Illustrated...
[Item #28293]
Price: $150.00
 
Cincuentenario de "La Fraternidad" : sociedad de personal ferroviario de locomotoras (sociedad civil) adherida a la Federación Internacional de los Obreros del Transporte, Federación Sindical Internacional y Confederación General del Trabajo de la República Argentina : fundación, desarrollo, obra, 1887-20 de junio 1937. Juan B. CHITI, Francisco Agnelli.
8.

Liberty [...] Speech delivered at Battery D., Chicago, on release from Woodstock Jail, November 22nd, 1895
Terre Haute: E.V. Debs & Co. N.d. [ca 1895]. First Edition. Transcription of Debs's speech on the subject of "Human Liberty," delivered upon release from jail following his imprisonment for helping to organize the 1894 Railroadmen's Strike. First appearance of a key Debs work, written during a period when he...
[Item #29910]
Price: $350.00
 
9.

$500 Reward
Everett, WA: Department of Public Safety, [1923]. First Edition. Flyer offering a reward for any information "leading to arrest and conviction of person or persons placing a certain bomb in the alley behind Normanna Hall, Everett, Washington, on or about February 24, 1923." The reward of $500 is offered here...
[Item #22212]
Price: $200.00
 
$500 Reward. THE CITY OF EVERETT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY, WASHINGTON.
10.

Swing Shift
New York: Citadel Press, 1951. First edition. Quite nice copy of this rather undistinguished (aside from its splendid proletarian dustjacket) 1950s labor novel, presented as the fictionalized biography of an American labor organizer and railroad-worker. The action is interspersed with long passages of Marxist theory. "Margaret Graham" was the pseudonym...
[Item #14428]
Price: $50.00
 
Swing Shift. Margaret GRAHAM, pseud.
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Against the Zionist Left
Van Nuys, CA. Srafprint Co-op, 1971. First Edition. Octavo. Staple bound pamphlet; 22pp. Light rubbing to wrappers; else a very good copy.
[Item #15662]
Price: $15.00
 
Against the Zionist Left. ISRAELI SOCIALIST ORGANIZATION.
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Stickerette: "Railroad Workers Industrial Union No. 520..."
[Chicago? I.W.W. n.d., ca. 1920]. First Edition. Original sticker (8.25x8.5cm.) illustrated and printed in red and black; tiny crease to bottom left-hand edge, else About Fine. Sticker depicting the ubiquitous shirtless I.W.W. worker with his right arm raised, an industrial city-scape in the background. Urges members of the RWIU to...
[Item #27918]
Price: $75.00
 
Stickerette: "Railroad Workers Industrial Union No. 520..." RAILROAD WORKERS INDUSTRIAL UNION NO. 520 IWW.
13.

Talks With Debs in Terre Haute (and Letters from Lindlahr)
New York: New York Call, 1922. First Edition. 12mo (18cm). Pale blue ribbed cloth with paper spine and cover labels; dustjacket; 221pp; frontis. portr. Tight, Near Fine copy in the original pictorial dustwrapper with brief loss at crown and closed tear at base of spine; Very Good. Uncommon in jacket.
[Item #17324]
Price: $175.00
 
Talks With Debs in Terre Haute (and Letters from Lindlahr). David KARSNER.
14.

Then and Now: On the 100th Anniversary of the First General Strike in the U.S. [cover title]
Detroit: News & Letters Publication, 1977. First Edition. Octavo (21.5cm.); original tan pictorial staplebound wrappers; 50pp.; illus. Fine. "A News & Letters Pamphlet." History of the St. Louis General Strike of 1877.
[Item #26401]
Price: $25.00
 
Then and Now: On the 100th Anniversary of the First General Strike in the U.S. [cover title]. Terry MOON, Ron Brokmeyer.
15.

Proud Shoes: The Story of an American Family [C. Lawrence Dellums's Copy]
New York: Harper & Brothers, [1956]. First Edition. From the library of the African-American labor leader and a Vice President of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters C. Laurence Dellums (1900-1989) with his humorous ownership note to half title verso, "I stole this book from C. Laurence Dellums." Additional ownership...
[Item #29620]
Price: $125.00
 
Proud Shoes: The Story of an American Family [C. Lawrence Dellums's Copy]. Pauli MURRAY.
16.

Let Freedom Ride the Rails [cover title]
[Detroit: National Negro Labor Council, 1954]. First Edition. Octavo (20.75cm.); original grey pictorial staplebound wrappers; 23pp.; illus., text in double column. Fine. Criticism of the railroad industry and the railroad brotherhoods for discrimination against African-American workers. SEIDMAN N44.
[Item #26730]
Price: $20.00
 
Let Freedom Ride the Rails [cover title]. NATIONAL NEGRO LABOR COUNCIL.
17.

New York Central System: Rules for the Government of the Operating Department. Issued in accordance with the Standard Code adopted by Association of American Railroads, January 17, 1928, effective September 26, 1937
New York: New York Central System, 1937. First Edition. Small 12mo (15.5cm.); original black cloth, upper cover lettered in gilt, all edges red; 165pp.; color illus. throughout. Spine a bit cocked, else Very Good to Near Fine.
[Item #28884]
Price: $30.00
 
New York Central System: Rules for the Government of the Operating Department. Issued in accordance with the Standard Code adopted by Association of American Railroads, January 17, 1928, effective September 26, 1937. NEW YORK CENTRAL RAILROAD COMPANY.
18.

Conferences on Wage Adjustment between Eastern Railroads represented by the Conference Committee of Managers, and the Eastern Association of General Committee, Order of Railway Conductors and Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen [drop title]
New York: Order of Railway Conductors and Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, 1913. Complete typescript of seven sessions of arbitration between the railway owners (with 45 lines represented) and the railway unions, held at the Engineering Society Building, New York, April 22 (ll. 1-119); April 23 (ll. 120-245); April 24 (ll...
[Item #29391]
Price: $750.00
 
Conferences on Wage Adjustment between Eastern Railroads represented by the Conference Committee of Managers, and the Eastern Association of General Committee, Order of Railway Conductors and Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen [drop title]. ORDER OF RAILWAY CONDUCTORS AND BROTHERHOOD OF RAILROAD TRAINMEN.
19.

The Railroads Versus Public Interest
New York: League for Industrial Democracy (L.I.D.), 1936. First Edition. Staple-bound pamphlet; original printed wraps; 38pp. Toning and light soil to covers; internally fine. A proposal for public ownership of the railroad utilities.
[Item #7442]
Price: $18.75
 
The Railroads Versus Public Interest. RAILROADS, Irving LIPKOWITZ.
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Annals of the Great Strikes in the United States. A Reliable History and Graphic Description of the Causes and Thrilling Events of the Labor Strikes and Riots of 1877
Chicago: L.T. Palmer, 1877. First Edition. The first and still the standard account of the great Railway Strike of 1877, generally considered the first full-scale national strike in the United States. HOWES D5. Howes also lists a St. Louis issue with identical collation, but suggests no priority. Octavo. Publisher’s pictorial...
[Item #8475]
Price: $150.00
 
Annals of the Great Strikes in the United States. A Reliable History and Graphic Description of the Causes and Thrilling Events of the Labor Strikes and Riots of 1877. RAILROADS, 1877 RAILWAY STRIKE, J. A. DACUS.
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Feeding the Iron Hog: The Life and Work of a Locomotive Fireman
Cleveland: Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen, 1927. First Edition. Essentially an infomercial by the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen, produced to "...increase common knowledge concerning the quality and quantity of labor performed by an engineman. Thus may arise a better understanding of the value of his labor, and of the...
[Item #17342]
Price: $175.00
 
Feeding the Iron Hog: The Life and Work of a Locomotive Fireman. D. B. ROBERTSON.
22.

The Book of Ted or, Roosevelt and the Railroads in Scripture
N.p. [Chicago?]: by the Author, 1907. First Edition. 12mo. Staple-bound pamphlet. Original printed card wrappers; 39pp. Just mild external wear; Very Good to Near Fine. Satire, in Biblical language, of Theodore Roosevelt and the Rail Trust, including thinly-veiled depictions of Morgan, Rockefeller, Landis, etc.
[Item #19833]
Price: $40.00
 
The Book of Ted or, Roosevelt and the Railroads in Scripture. Theodore ROOSEVELT, F. Alister MURRAY.
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Pastels of Men. Including an Appreciation of Debs by Frank Harris
New York: Pearson's Library, 1919. First edition. Brief biographical reminiscences of some of Debs' associates from outside the Socialist sphere: James Whitcomb Riley, Wendell Phillips, John Ingersoll, John Swinton, and Eugene Field. An uncommon Debs item. Staple-bound pamphlet. Printed wrappers; 63p. Mild external wear and soil; text slightly toned; Very Good.
[Item #11167]
Price: $125.00
 
Pastels of Men. Including an Appreciation of Debs by Frank Harris. SOCIALISM, INDIANA, Eugene V. DEBS.
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American Labor Struggles
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, [1936]. First Edition. Thick octavo (22cm.); original cloth in decorative dust jacket; xviii,398pp.; 8 leaves of plates, additional text illus. throughout. Jacket extremities a bit rubbed, spine toned with a couple of faint blue pencil lines, tiny loss to spine foot, 1-inch closed tear...
[Item #28799]
Price: $40.00
 
American Labor Struggles. Samuel YELLEN.